What is Holi?

Holi is known as the festival of colours. For centuries, this is the one festival that has been uniting people of all classes, castes, age groups, and generations. Everyone comes together and celebrates the oneness of humanity, and that is the message of Holi.

 

What is the significance of Holi?

There are different colours associated with our feelings and emotions. Anger, for example, is associated with red, jealousy with green, joy with yellow, love with pink, vastness with blue, peace with white, sacrifice with orange and knowledge with purple. It is believed that each person is a fountain of colours that keep changing its hue. During this day, people come together to forget and forgive and splash colours at each other to mark an ending to problems and welcome a new beginning.

 

The significance of Burning the Holika

The burning of Holika (the bonfire that is burned on the night before Holi) has an effect on the coming monsoon.

There is a story of Prahlad (from where the festival of Holi originated). Prahlad was a young boy who was very devoted to God, but his father was an atheist and very cruel to the people in his kingdom including his own son. As Prahlad refused to preach his father, he decided to teach his son a lesson he was hurt that the boy was preaching the name of God.

He tried many ways to change his son, but the boy didn’t change. When he couldn’t change him, he wanted to kill him. So he approached one of his sisters. She had a boon that whoever she took on her lap, that person would get burned alive. Her name was Holika. As the story goes, she took Prahlad on her lap to burn him, but instead, she got burned alive and Prahlad came out safe because he was chanting God’s name and was devoted to God, and that protected him from the fire.

Nursery and reception have been incredibly busy learning all about this festival. We had a go at making our own bonfires using twigs, sticks and tissue paper. We worked hard to talk about our ideas, work with our team and share resources to create the bonfire.

Reception had a go at re-telling the story of Prahlad by sequencing the pictures than writing extended sentences using adjectives and conjunctions. Some of us even included speech marks!

As Holi is the festival of colour and unity, we all decided to get together to make an Indian sweet dish called Coconut Ladoo. We used condensed milk, desiccated coconut and food colouring.

Why don’t you have a go at making it yourself? Just click into our recipes section on our webpage to find out how. Enjoy!